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Saturday, September 18, 2021 10:24 PM

Letter to Editor of Record Journal "Support for Fishbein" - 9/18/2021

Sunday, September 12, 2021 9:44 AM

Letter to Editor of Record Journal "Re-Elect Fishbein" - 9/11/2021

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 11:11 PM

Record Journal: "Wallingford to receive $13M in federal COVID relief funds"

“Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. said Tuesday that the town is working on a plan to disburse the money locally to help people recover from losses due to the pandemic — from individuals who were unemployed to small businesses and nonprofits. ‘We are looking to set up a program that allows for applications for funding,’ Dickinson said, ‘and review those applications, and hopefully award a grant to assist in those circumstances.’”

Saturday, September 4, 2021 10:50 AM

Record Journal: "First look at Wallingford’s proposed zoning reg changes to allow data centers"

"... The setback requirement against any border with a residential property or zone would be 150 yards, and include a 100-foot landscaped or natural open space buffer with an earthen berm at least 6 feet tall. Evergreen or native trees must be planted every 10 linear feet along the outside of the edge of the berm to provide extra screening. All substations would be screened with fencing and evergreen trees not taller than 10 feet ... ."

Friday, September 3, 2021 5:49 PM


Recently the Town Council approved the concept of constructing a new police station at the (former) 3M Building in Barnes Park. Today it was announced that the town will be using the RFP (Request for Proposal) process for obtaining architectural and engineering services. This is a good thing, and in the end most likely saves the taxpayers money as functionality and use are important components in such construction so the work doesn't have to be re-done in the near future. #WallingfordCT


Monday, August 30, 2021 9:55 PM

ANIMAL SHELTER UPDATE (ACO Gibbs Requests AC in Kennel Area)

Below please find the report and request by the town's new Animal Control Officer, in support of installing the air conditioning that the Town Council unanimously approved a few weeks ago. #Finally #Godpeed (Just in time for fall.)

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 9:40 AM

Town Council Passes Resolution to Add Air Conditioning to Animal Shelter

At last night's Town Council meeting, we unanimously approved an expenditure (from the Animal Trust Fund) to install air conditioning in the kennel area of the Wallingford Animal Shelter.
To me, this expense improves the building and physical structure, and (more importantly) improves the well-being of the animals, both of which were goals of the very large and generous bequest of Susan Juul.
Here is a copy of the resolution. Hopefully this happens soon. #Godspeed #WallingfordCT

Friday, August 13, 2021 7:45 AM

"Heartfelt Thanks" - A Letter to the RJ Editor 8/13/2021

From the Record Journal Newspaper - 8/13/2021

Sunday, August 1, 2021 5:15 PM

ANIMAL SHELTER UPDATE (Upcoming Meeting of the Town Council Ordinance Committee)

At our July 13, 2021 regular Town Council meeting, we decided to add to our next Ordinance Committee meeting, an agenda item having to do with the Animal Shelter. That meeting is this Tuesday (8/3), at 6:30pm in the Parisi Town Council Chambers in Town Hall.


Here is the agenda, as well as a proposed ordinance that I have submitted for consideration at that meeting. Also attached hereto please find proposed language submitted by Councilor Marrone, which would create an Animal Welfare Commission.


See y'all then!

Thursday, July 22, 2021 10:30 PM

ENDORSED for a SIXTH TERM on the Wallingford Town Council!

On... to... NOVEMBER!

Thursday, July 8, 2021 1:09 PM


For informational purposes, in 2014 I asked the Town of Wallingford's Law Department for a legal opinion regarding monies being held for the benefit of the animal shelter, and the use thereof. Here is that opinion:


Wednesday, June 30, 2021 2:04 PM

ANIMAL SHELTER UPDATE (Mayor's Press Release)

Here is a press release from Mayor Dickinson related to the recent inspection of the Animal Control / Shelter facility, together with the report from the State of Connecticut Department of Agriculture referenced therein.

Monday, June 21, 2021 10:26 PM

Deputy Chief Ventura named Wallingford’s new police chief #BackTheBlue

WALLINGFORD — Deputy Chief John Ventura will succeed the retiring William Wright as the town’s new police chief, Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. announced on Monday. Ventura “possesses the knowledge, experience and temperament to lead our police department," Dickinson said in a statement released by his office. Wright will retire by July 1 to become director of operations at Choate Rosemary Hall. He announced his intention to retire in April.

Saturday, June 19, 2021 12:06 PM

A PRETTY GOOD Summer Reading List for Children

With no homework or school to worry about, summer can be the perfect time for kids and teens to crack open a great book. These must-read books are classics for a reason: They tell compelling stories with unforgettable characters. Whether they're in middle school or high school or just getting started on chapter books, kids, tweens, and teens can use this list to get a jump start on the year ahead. And parents can use it to learn more about the books teachers are assigning their kids over the summer and throughout the school year.

Here is the list: Summer Reading List for Children


Monday, May 17, 2021 1:36 PM

Notice of an Important Town Meeting (Re: Data Centers), Tuesday, May 18, 2021!

Please be advised that, in addition to issue of possible overriding of the Mayor's veto of the Town Council Budget, there will be a special presentation from GOTSPACE, LLC regarding the possible DEVELOPMENT OF DATA CENTERS IN WALLINGFORD. I urge everyone to please get informed about this important topic.
Here is the meeting info:
Special (Remote) Town Council Meeting
Tue, May 18, 2021 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
Here is the link to the meeting:
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
United States: +1 (571) 317-3116
Access Code: 192-017-461
I look forward to seeing everyone there!


Monday, May 10, 2021 10:17 PM

Record Journal: "Wallingford’s looming budget vote could leave some residents in a pickle"

"The council voted 9-0 to approve a change in Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr.’s proposed budget that would allocate $60,000 to convert the four tennis courts at Harrison Park into eight pickleball-only areas. 'We have the money, so I would defer to the Parks and Recreation Commission to determine where (pickleball courts) would be best suited for the town,' Fishbein said."

Saturday, May 1, 2021 1:04 AM

Oakdale Theatre COVID-19 Vaccination Site Is Taking Walk-ins!

Please be advised that the vaccination site at Oakdale Theatre is taking walk-ins for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Saturday, April 24, 2021 8:04 PM

Record-Journal: "Wallingford littering ordinance aimed at household trash dumping"

By Lauren Takores, Record-Journal staff

"WALLINGFORD — The Town Council wants to strengthen local littering laws to impose fines on people who dump household or commercial garbage into public trash receptacles. The Town Council voted unanimously at an ordinance committee Thursday to advance to a vote of the full council changes to the town’s littering ordinance ... The council also discussed the proposed ordinance changes at an ordinance committee meeting in December. Councilor Craig Fishbein asked during the meeting who was empowered to go through trash bags dumped in town receptacles to identify the person. Town Corporation Counsel Janis M. Small replied that once the trash was deposited, it belongs to the town. Public Works would ask the police to go through the trash, unless someone else was designated."

Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:00 PM

Record Journal: "Body cam shows Wallingford officer making ‘split second decision’ as armed suspect flees"

While some want to "defund the police," I do not. Many do not know the sacrifice that they and their families go through, not knowing whether or not they or their "family member in blue" will return safely at the end of their shift. Thank you, Wallingford Police Department for your efforts in keeping us safe. #BackTheBlue

Thursday, April 15, 2021 7:00 AM

Fishbein announces decision to seek re-election

From the Record Journal Newspaper - 4/15/2021

Editor: During the pandemic, various individuals have sought my help as a private attorney, to fight for their rights. Last spring, as a result of my legal representation, the federal courts ordered Governor Lamont to repeal his unconstitutional executive order that totally shut down the process to apply for a firearm permit. The governor complied within days, and that process was restored.

A few months ago, our attorney general agreed to vacate thousands of dollars in fines levied against one of my clients, a single mother with relatively no income, when it was proven that portions of the governor’s travel ban were legally unenforceable.

And, just a few weeks ago, as a result of our case which successfully challenged the legal process by which the governor mandated the wearing of face masks (as opposed to the general wearing of facemasks, no matter what my political opponents may claim), the court ruled his procedure unconstitutional, thereby causing the legislature to convene and vote to re-taking its position as a co-equal third branch of our state government.

As with representing my clients, as an elected official, I have fought for the principles of smaller government, lower taxes, and less interference in the day-to-day affairs of our law-abiding citizens, and that fight is apparently never-ending. With that in mind, I recently filed papers to run, once again, for a seat on the Wallingford Town Council, and have created a website for the campaign:

Please know that I will not be accepting donations for this campaign. I respectfully request that any money you would consider donating you instead use to take your family out for a meal at one of our fantastic local Wallingford restaurants. They are the lifeblood of our local economy, and could use your support. Now, on to November!

Very truly yours,

Craig C. Fishbein, Wallingford

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